Aitizaz Hasan to be honoured with Sitara-e-Shujaat

Published: January 10, 2014
Mujahid Ali (R) and Mujtaba Hasan, the father and brother respectively of Aitizaz Hasan, pose for the camera with framed pictures of Hassan at their residence in Hangu district, bordering North Waziristan, January 10, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mujahid Ali (R) and Mujtaba Hasan, the father and brother respectively of Aitizaz Hasan, pose for the camera with framed pictures of Hassan at their residence in Hangu district, bordering North Waziristan, January 10, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mujahid Ali (R) and Mujtaba Hasan, the father and brother respectively of Aitizaz Hasan, pose for the camera with framed pictures of Hassan at their residence in Hangu district, bordering North Waziristan, January 10, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS This undated family handout photograph shows Aitzaz who was killed in a suicide attack outside his school in Hangu district. PHOTO: AFP/FAMILY HANDOUT

KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif approved bestowing of Sitara-e-Shujaat — a high civilian award for bravery — upon Aitizaz Hasan, Express News reported on Friday. The recommendation will go to President Mamnoon Hussain for approval.

Hasan – a student from Hangu – tackled a suicide bomber on January 6 who had come to attack his school at a time when hundreds of students were inside.

The brave boy died while protecting others.

The school is the only one in Ibrahimzai, a Shia-dominated area in Hangu. There were nearly 2,000 students in the school at the time the attack occurred. Later in the day, the bombing, which was the first suicide attack at a school, was claimed by Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

Earlier today, teenage activist Malala Yousufzai announced she would give Rs0.5 million to Aitizaz Hasan’s family and called on the government to bestow the highest civilian award on him.

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  • Jibran
    Jan 10, 2014 - 6:42PM

    Why “Sitara-e-Shujaat”? Why not Nishan-e-Haider or Nishan-e-Shujaat? I am appalled by the attitude of the PMLN leadership with regards to terrorism. It is bedding with the terrorists and deliberately fails to protect the Pakistanis and adequately reward the acts of bravery and heroism.Recommend

  • Azmat Khan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 6:45PM

    Good gesture NS.And Malala you are now all time great.You are going to give much to our nation.Long live Malala.


  • Another Pakistani
    Jan 10, 2014 - 7:29PM

    @Jibran: What difference does it make? These awards are given after enough deliberation. Don’t think the award in any way undermines his bravery after all.


  • SDJ
    Jan 10, 2014 - 7:40PM

    Nishan-e-Haider is a military award, Aitizaz was a civilian. He wasn’t eligible for it.

    He was eligible for a Nishan-e-Shujaat or Hilal-e-Shujaat (that is above a Sitara-e-Shujaat) though.


  • Kashif
    Jan 10, 2014 - 7:51PM

    If our government is even slightly ashamed of themselves, they should portray this martyr as a national hero and pay tribute to him with highest award. People like Aitzaz are the hope for Pakistan. May he rest in peace always and may Allah overcome the grief of his family.


  • Usman
    Jan 10, 2014 - 7:53PM

    Thank you Prime Minister..


  • Mirza
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:12PM

    These are heroes which are the future of Pakistan and are not born every day. The number of young kids Aitizaz has saved is more than our big fat generals are saving. While Aitizaz has one medal how many medals has Mush awarded himself and for doing what? The nation would be proud of our young Shaheed Aitizaz. He has taught more about bravery to our youngsters than any big fat cat has ever.Recommend

  • Jan 10, 2014 - 8:13PM

    SAlute to the leadership also and the mother who brought up the brave child, he died for his mother land believing his leader, the same can also happen in other parts of the country if the leaders were of the same caliber as IK..


  • amir khan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:25PM

    I Salute you for your Bravery and Sacrifice to the Nation, you are an inspiration to lot of youngsters, May your soul Rest in peace.


  • AP
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:32PM

    We salute the brave that is all right..but society must avenge his death.
    I do not see strength in Pakistani society…they are brainwashed/hijacked by mullah and the sarmayadaars..


  • Kaleem
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:37PM

    @Jibran: What did the PPP govt do, please enlighten us? Being lone jayala on this forum, you do not leave any opportunity to bash PMLN. Even if they give awards.Recommend

  • Naseer
    Jan 10, 2014 - 8:41PM

    I am so proud of you Aitizaz! May Allah give the same passion and courage to all of us. You are my hero.


  • Jan 10, 2014 - 8:47PM

    @Khan,I: mubarak ho


  • ahsan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 9:05PM

    He deserves and should be awarded Nishan e Haider, no less. Why discriminate civilians and favour non-civilians?


  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jan 10, 2014 - 9:06PM

    RIP Aitizaz Hasan, you were one of a kind. My condolence to the bereaved family.


  • Naheed
    Jan 10, 2014 - 9:11PM

    @Israr: You are cracking jokes in this serious talk. Had Aitezaz been following footsteps of IK, he must have been then trying to negotiate with the suicide bomber or otherwise would have escaped from the scene. But he was brave and he scrified his life for the principle.


  • Zaki
    Jan 10, 2014 - 9:42PM

    Nishan e Haider is a military accolade.


  • Jan 10, 2014 - 9:45PM

    Khan never runsaway he stays…..Jecki chan does although, Had IK at the same place at the same School may have done the same what Aitzaz did. I am not sure about the other leaders.


  • Navaid
    Jan 10, 2014 - 10:36PM

    A true National hero !! His family members deserve to be saluted every time they are seen in public. The Nishan-e-Shujaat is nothing compared to the eternal life this young man will live in the highest ranks of Heaven, Ameen.


  • rkfrom ny
    Jan 10, 2014 - 10:49PM

    ..if he had survived..he would have been sent to a western country for treatment and then he would be demanding a nobel peace prize..!!!!!!!!!


  • shah
    Jan 10, 2014 - 11:03PM

    Why not Nishan-e-haider ? Are these faujis the elite class and only they can get highest national award ? Country is owned by faujis.


  • ahsan
    Jan 10, 2014 - 11:06PM

    heros like him are worth more than a thousand militaries. He must be awarded nishan e haider.


  • Miranshah
    Jan 10, 2014 - 11:15PM

    Zindabad Aitzaz HasanRecommend

  • M
    Jan 10, 2014 - 11:19PM


    LOL! IK would have done the same… Joke of the day! Please dont compare the terrorist symphatizer and coward with this brave boy aitzaz shaheed.Recommend

  • Danish
    Jan 10, 2014 - 11:21PM

    I will be more interested in Nawaz Sharif future efforts (if any) to capture the preparators of this attack.


  • Sid
    Jan 10, 2014 - 11:41PM

    A brave and selfless act. Salute to Aitizaz. May his soul rest in peace.


  • Waqas
    Jan 10, 2014 - 11:52PM

    @Jibran: I don’t know about Nishan-e-Shujaat. But Nishan-e-Haider is awarded only in armed forces. I assume it wasn’t in your knowledge.


  • citizenBane
    Jan 10, 2014 - 11:53PM

    What a fantastic kid. Love from India.


  • Anwer Chughtai
    Jan 11, 2014 - 12:01AM

    Mr. Prime Minister of Pakistan,

    Respectfully speaking God chose to bless this young man with the “Shahadat” which He Himself calls it the ultimate sacrifice in His name. How about you revisit your decision and honor him with the highest civilian award and respect the will of God as well?

    God Bless all those civilians and our Army Personnel who are fighting this war against terror with their lives in hand and no fear at heart.


  • lkhan
    Jan 11, 2014 - 12:15AM

    @rkfrom ny: what a callous and rude thing to write of one who gave his life selflessly to save others’. Perhaps you could learn a lesson or two from Aitizaz?? Even if you could never even in your wildest dreams be anywhere near Aitizaz in stature, I hope you feel some shame for your horrid comments.


  • aq
    Jan 11, 2014 - 12:19AM

    One award needs to be given to politicians for their cowardice or buzdali.


  • Khalid
    Jan 11, 2014 - 1:22AM

    @Kaleem: Yes this boy desserve the biggest award of the country!
    What have NS done for the people of the country? For God sake get out this “PARTIBAZI” attituated of supporting blindly no matter what your those “magarmuchs” do. We will never be able to overcome our problems until we stop supporting these politicions even if they are not doing good in what they suppose to do.


  • sall90
    Jan 11, 2014 - 1:42AM

    First responsible work from PM.


  • Jan 11, 2014 - 1:43AM

    Aitizaz Hasan deserves this award for his bravery. This brave child stood up to a coward enemy and saved his fellow students from certain death. We should all salute him for his ultimate sacrifice.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET- United States Central Command


  • Faruq
    Jan 11, 2014 - 3:54AM

    For those calling for the Nishan-e-Haider to be awarded, it’s a military award. Aitizaz did something extremely brave and I believe should be given the highest civilian award we can possibly give, but giving the Nishan-e-Haider to someone who’s not in the military is to me a bit like giving a cricket award to a hockey player. The lad did something extraordinary, but unless the Nishan-e-Haider can be given to civilians as well, it will remain a military award.


  • Irfan
    Jan 11, 2014 - 7:34AM

    This lionheart kid deserves nishan-e- Haider. why was e given civilian award in a war . We all agree there’s a war going on there. The terrorist was going to kill over 100 children. Pakistan has lost over 50000 people and this is not a war?. If the same act of bravery was performed then he would have got nishanehaider. But when the same bravery is done by a kid then it is a civilian act. It doesnt make sense.
    We want Nishan-Haider for Aitazaz.


  • joy
    Jan 11, 2014 - 11:00AM

    I appeal to the United Nations to institute an bravery award in the name of this hero, who has not only done his motherland, but the whole world, proud. Rest in Peace brave one.
    Your parents are truly blessed……


  • muslim
    Jan 11, 2014 - 12:22PM


    Why you people loose your tracks …… Nishan – e – Haider is a military award. Since independence, only 9 people have been awarded with that. This is not the matter of discrimination bro.

    n Mr shah, Faujis are not the elite class. If they would have been, they should have stayed in there warm bed room and having discussion on politics and all that . Faujis are IDIOT that they are serving this nation while getting few pennies as pay.

    Few ineligible idiots are trying to create against Pak Army. May Allah bless this Army Recommend

  • Tariq Sohail
    Jan 11, 2014 - 2:09PM

    I demand Nishan-i-Shuja’at for this brave boy


  • SAD
    Jan 11, 2014 - 2:47PM

    Any bets whether the PM will visit their house to pay condolences?
    No, Asking too much. Plus no good gajrela in Hangu.
    Also a visit might offend Rana Sanaullah and others of LeJ.


  • swat-team
    Jan 11, 2014 - 9:29PM

    What a truly brave boy! He showed more courage than ALL the politicians and appeasement talkers. Not surprisingly there hasn’t been a peep out of the Mullahs recognizing this supreme act of bravery. Why? Because they are the perpetrators of such heinous acts.
    While recognizing his bravery is honorable and appropriate, unfortunately it will not bring Aitizaz back to life, nor be of any benefit to him. His family are basically riding Aitizaz’s coat tails and basking in his glow.


  • Waseem
    Jan 12, 2014 - 11:34AM


    Nishan-i-Haider is awarded to deceased members of the Pakistani Military Forces whose death occurred during times of conflict. It is open to all ranks for acts of heroism/conspicuous courage beyond the call of duty in circumstances of extreme danger or devotion to the country in the presence of the enemy on land, at sea or in the air.


  • Ahmed
    Jan 12, 2014 - 5:09PM

    @rkfrom ny:
    Much easier to comment from behind your screen! The boy sacrificed his life for others, have some shame and move on from your Malala hate. Your comment is ironic …given your name …. from ny


  • Murali
    Jan 12, 2014 - 6:03PM

    Salaam Pakistan to have such selfless noble soul though he was lost.


  • Jan 13, 2014 - 4:29AM

    Aitizaz is a great hero of our nation and deserves highest award for his courage and sacrifice for others. He laid down his life to save the life of many children Any step taken to support his family must be appreciated. .


  • ahsan
    Jan 13, 2014 - 9:09PM

    shame on all those trying to find lame excuses to deny Nishan e Haider for this young shaheed for not being a military guy. Indeed ungrateful people.


  • Staminsh
    Jan 17, 2014 - 5:06PM

    The act of Aitzaz was beyond doubt bravery and selflessness. Same is being done by our soldiers every day in Swat and FATA. Most of them are unsung heroes that no one knows of.


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